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|"Hanging Out" (watercolor on paper; 6" x 6")|
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|Collage of My Animal World in Watercolor|
This is it. The collage shows my summer watercolor series of animal paintings. I have been away from watercolors several years, because I was bored and felt I hit the wall. I thought I couldn't achieve the rich, luxurious, textural, and painterly feel with the medium. And I was quite right. Switching to oils freed me. I no longer worry about careful underdrawing and am wild with laying down thick paints.
I also realized that I could be spontaneous with watercolors, perhaps a side benefit of having worked in oils that are more forgiving and "carefree". My watercolor paintings are not tight. They are fresh, watercolory, and effortless-looking. I like puddles, blooms, and paints beyond pencil lines. I adore granulating paints that leave granular residues, such as cobalts and other mineral colors. I don't use making fluid, because it leaves obvious, tell-tale marks. In other words, I use watercolors to do things that can be done only with this transparent, fickle medium. I let watercolor paints and water work their own magic!